SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash --- Two Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies are credited with saving the life of a juvenile who was in a rollover car crash on July 30.
On July 30 around 3:20 a.m., Spokane County Deputies responded to a report of a single vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 90 near milepost 261. While on the way, deputies received information that one person was trapped in the vehicle and was losing blood from his arm.
Deputy Skye Ortiz arrived first and began to assess the condition of the injured person. Deputy Ortiz saw a juvenile male in the back seat of the overturned vehicle. The juvenile was holding a blood soaked towel on is arm and appeared to be fading in and out of consciousness, said the SCSO.
Ortiz entered the vehicle to help and saw a large amount of arterial bleeding coming from the open wound on his arm. Deputy Roman Maier who has also arrived at the scene, gave Ortiz a tourniquet to help stop the bleeding. The tourniquet was applied but it did not stop the bleeding completely so the deputies applied a second tourniquet, which did stop the bleeding, according to the SCSO.
Fire personnel, AMR and Washington State Patrol troopers arrived at the scene and began to assist after that.
Life Flight was requested and transported the male because of the seriousness of his injury and the amount of blood he lost. The three other juvenile occupants of the vehicle were transported to the hospital by ambulance.
WSP investigated the crash and determined the driver fell asleep and overcorrected causing it to leave the roadway and roll.
Due to the quick actions of Deputy Ortiz and Deputy Maier to control the severe bleeding, coupled with the additional medical attention he received, the male is recovering from his injuries and was released from the hospital late last week.